Growing up in a small town, had its benefits. For example we didn’t have McDonald’s until I was in kindergarten and had to drive to the Mile High City to get our fast food fix. It amazes me that my home town still doesn’t have a Taco Bell but if you love to eat sugar beets you can find them along the streets during the harvest.
I am sure you are probably wondering how this is even relevant to NOLA. One of the best NOLA experiences I had while visiting is I got to meet up with my best friend from Jr. High and High School.
Lynne and I met in study hall in 7th grade. We met because we were wearing the same Nike shoes and get this when we met in NOLA 25+ years later we had on the same brand of flip flops.
Lynne was staying at the Ritz Carlton so I walked down the street to meet her for breakfast. She said I sounded like I was from Canada and I said she talked like she was from the South. We both just laughed. It was so awesome to see her and talk for 2 hours straight. We talked about kids, health and just life. We laughed and reminisced about sneaking out of her parents’ house. There were times when we thought her mom and dad knew because they put chimes on the door knob. Lynne said her mom never did know. Oh my! (Kianna don’t get any ideas and mom I am not sure if I ever shared this with you)if it wouldn’t have been for social media I wouldn’t have had any idea she was in NOLA at the same time.
After breakfast Lynne and her family had to get on the road to drive home to Houston. I decided to brave it down Bourbon Street for some souvenir shopping. Being a small town girl in a big city I was a bit apprehensive to wonder around by myself much. My dad lived in NOLA for a short time and he had me all freaked out about being in the French Quarter alone. After I found some fun gifts for family and co-workers I headed back to my hotel to collect my rain poncho and my Steamboat tour ticket.
I thought it would be a fun time to spend the afternoon in the sweltering humidity and travel down the Mississippi River on a steamboat tour.
“The New Orleans Steamboat Company locally owns and operates the last authentic Steamboat on the Mighty Mississippi River:
- The Steamboat NATCHEZ Dinner Jazz and Daytime jazz cruises … run daily, year round, in the style of authentic steamboats in New Orleans for centuries!
- Steam Engine Room visitation, calliope, live jazz and optional Creole food and local beverages.
Come aboard and enjoy New Orleans hospitality….. Steamboat Style!”
The buffet was interesting to say the least. For those of you who know me I am a meat and veggies eater. I don’t really eat fried foods and not a lot of complex carbs. This buffet to say the least was a true testament of Southern Style eating. All I wanted for dinner that night was a HUGE salad.
Southern Fried Fish (Catfish I am not a fan of catfish)
Zesty cornmeal crusted and fried to a golden perfection
Red Beans and Rice (I did have this pretty good)
New Orleans classic red beans with andouille sausage and served over Jazzmen® rice
Frittata del Giorno (This was scary looking didn’t even try it)
A classic Italian omelet slow cooked and brimming with fresh garden vegetables, specialty
cheeses and Chef’s selection of herbs and spices
Vegetarian Pasta Salad (Had enough carbs from the beans and rice)
Fontanini® Link Breakfast Sausage (Weird breakfast sausage for lunch)
Vegetable of the Day Cole Slaw (I wanted salad this was the closest thing)
House prepared creamy cole slaw
Cornucopia of Fresh Fruit (Never saw the fruit)
Corn Bread (Had to try it, needed a bowl of chili)
NATCHEZ Bread Pudding (I think the southern waitress wanted to fatten me up as she insisted I have a piece of the BEST bread pudding, if I am going to eat dessert I usually want a Pecan Mudslide from DQ)
A New Orleans soufflé of La Louisiane French bread, eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon
with a Callebaut® Belgian white chocolate sauce
La Louisiane Fresh Sliced French Bread (I had the corn bread)
French Market Coffee and Iced Tea included
“The Harbor Jazz Cruise entertainment includes a jazz pianist or jazz trio (Duke Heitger and the Steamboat Stompers) along with a professional live narration of the river sites and history.”
This was a fun afternoon. I enjoyed the history lesson and spending the day on the water. After my tour I walked around the French Quarter looking in all the little shops. I found a nice crisp grilled chicken salad at the hotel and relaxed in the AC for the remainder of the evening.